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Dharamsala Animal Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We seek a humane environment for animals with direct benefits to the communities of himachal pradesh, india. We work to end human deaths by rabies, provide humane animal control programs and community education.

Programs: Dharamsala dog rescue - thousands of dogs sterilized and vaccinated, hundreds of sick/injured animals treated, government project support, construction of an operation clinic with kennels. Started a mobile clinic program.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

AMAZING work you people are doing. I have been associated with you from quite a time and recently I got a chance to visit DAR center (Rakkar). Very well maintained, completely hygienic and you can feel that dogs are happy and healthy. Got a chance to meet Sukh, Gujiya, Jovie and others too.
I would like to appeal that kindly come forward and donate as much possible so that these dogs can live risk free life and can have the uninterrupted treatment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I were sent by our company to work for 1 1/2 years in Delhi in January 2017. We were very aware cows were free to wander the country, but I was not prepared for bearing witness to the desperate and often cruel existance of the street dogs.
Through social media I became connected to a wonderful expat, Meredith Allen who was leaving Delhi but very disappointed she had not had the opportunity to visit DAR. This peaked my interest. When I saw Deb Jarrett on TedxTalk I made the decision to collect medical supplies and visit DAR myself.
DAR is a life experience I will cherish forever. Paid staff and volunteers alike met every morning to address the care of all the animals listed on the white board. Again, both paid and unpaid staff were assigned their duties for the day and then the work began.
Walking dogs, grooming, checking for ticks, feeding, and if course giving loving touches to the animals at the centre. My highlight was going out into the surrounding communities with the outreach Mobile Unit responding to calls from local residents for assistance in the street dogs they were caring for.
This short review cannot adequately describe the professionalism selflessness compassion and beauty Deb and her team live each and everyday caring for animals in their care.

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Hazel H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited DAR and am a huge supporter of the great work they do. What I particularly like is the way the not only help, rescue and support dogs and other animals but also help educate and inform the local community. As a donor, I find Deb is great at communicating and keeping me in touch with what is happening at DAR so I know how my money is being used.

1 Nidhi T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dharamshala is a very small town in India with a very interesting and diverse mix of population. While on one hand you have the Tibetans in exile counting this as their base; you will also find a considerably high population of expats living here from all across the world. This combination mixed with the already diverse Indian population makes Dharamshala a very interesting, and hence difficult, place to be in. Such a mixed bag obviously poses a lot of difficulty in several administrative areas here, and while all of the government (and most of the non-governmental) funds are focused at making life easier for the population, we have only one single NGO that is committed to the cause of animal welfare. Dharamsala Animal Rescue with its several on-site as well as mobile clinic services is hands-down the most (the only) reliable NGO we have in the city, and I can't imagine what a mess we'd be in if they weren't looking after these animals. As a member of the city, I applaud and greatly thank their contribution to our community, and hope that my small review can help them raise some funds for the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In October 2017 I volunteered at DAR for a month. It was one of the best times of my life! They do such great work and adopted me as one of their own. I still talk to them regularly and miss them, the shelter and the dogs a lot. Due to financial reasons I still haven't been able to make the trip back. But as soon as there is a possibility, I will get on a plane and go back to DAR! They are my farawayfamily...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DAR is an amazing charity, and is truly making a positive change in the Dharamsala area - not only to the lives of the animals it treats, but the people and communities it serves. I volunteered with DAR's amazing team in 2014 (I was travelling with my sister and stumbled upon DAR), and was really impressed not only by the dedication, skill, organisation, and teamwork shown by the employees, but also by the founder Deb and her network of friends. Having volunteered at a number of non-profits around the world, I can say that this is the most well run place I have worked, and that is a testament to the blood sweat and tears that Deb and her team put into it day after day. The employees at DAR all have enormous hearts, and were a real joy to work with. I only wish I could have stayed longer, and I know I will return someday to work with this delightful bunch!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DAR is an amazing organization. I had the opportunity to volunteer there and know first hand all about these amazing people! The love, care and compassion they have for animals is immeasurable!! Please donate as I can promise you the money will go directly to the dogs!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had done some volunteer work in the past, but none of them ever came close to the experiences I had at Dharamsala Animal Rescue. To start, I became connected with a team of individuals dedicated to the welfare of animals. Whether they were dealing with a stray dog, or a local farmers goat, every patient got the attention they deserved. What's more, I became integrated and part of the family at DAR. We laughed, cried, and shared moments that are worth so much more than just a vague memory. I have supported, and will continue to support this organization as long as I can. I hope to return soon as a veterinarian and make even more of an impact.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I signed up to volunteer with this organization for 2-3 weeks and I ended up volunteering for 7 months in various capacities. DAR exceeded my expectations for an animal rescue in general and even more so for such in organization in a country like India where these types of organizations are generally mismanaged. DAR employs locals from the community, which makes their outreach so much more effective. Their programs of rescue, education, birth control/anti-rabies and mobile vet services are a holistic approach to animal welfare. The staff are amazing and they genuinely care about each and every animal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been traveling to Dharamsala for several years now and witnessed the positive change that Dharamsala Animal Rescue (DAR) has had on the animals and people within the community. Dogs that were once anonymous strays, who worried many about their rabies status, are now clearly marked with a blue stripe on their heads, indicating they have been vaccinated, spayed/neutered. Over the years, I have seen the amount of treated dogs increase and now almost all dogs I encountered on my last trip in 2018 have the mark of being treated.

In a country that has the highest number of stray dogs in the world and the highest amount of human deaths by rabies, DAR is doing the amazingly hard work to reduce these numbers and raise awareness. Between their Animal Birth Control/Anti-Rabies Programs, street animal rescue, Mobile Clinic, community education, and adoption programs - DAR is making a difference. I donate to them every chance I get and hope they receive the support they need to sustain and expand their important work.

*Attached are photos of some of the dogs I've seen DAR has treated and donated collars, leashes, brushes, surgical gloves, and high-quality sutures that I brought over from the USA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DAR is a well equipped organisation and provides excellent treatment and shelter for sick and injured dogs. The aim is to release dogs once they are fit back onto the street from the same area they came from, and therefore avoid hoarding of animals. The dogs are vaccinated and dewormed on entry, and desexed before they leave. They also have a desexing program where doga are caught, vaccinated and released back in an attempt at dog population management.
The staff are attentive and it is obvious that everybody loves animals. The dog's look rather content as they are not generally confined in cages and are allowed to have room to roam around and play with each other, lie in the sun and laze around while they heal from their ailments.

For vets and vet nurses it is interesting as it has quite a varied caseload, and for non vets it is rewarding as you get to spend time with injured dogs and help with their treatments such a physiotherapy, medicated baths, grooming etc. You also get to walk dogs in the middle of the beautiful mountains where the shelter is situated. Often there are puppies that need a fair bit of cuddling due to their young ages. Plus seeing the dogs look happy in a shelter is always a refreshing sight.
Highly recommend this shelter to anyone.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Dharamsala Animal Rescue (DAR) has grown and accomplished a tremendous amount over the three years that I have been involved with the NGO. The staff members are always looking to improve the way that they can alleviate the suffering of the animals in their community and care. Each member tries to improve themselves by learning from more experienced vets that come to visit and share their knowledge. Despite being a relatively small team of only 13 staff, including management, DAR manages to run 5 successful programs; street animal rescue, mobile clinic, animal birth control-ARV, Adoption, and Education. The care and love shown to the animals during their treatment and stay at the clinic is evident in the fact that during their stay the street dogs go hiking off-leash and always return. In addition, several dogs have voluntarily returned to the clinic after being released back into their own community when they have fully recovered.
DAR will continue to grow, and improve through ongoing training of staff, ensuring that each animal that is seen by DAR gets the best possible care.
Located in a small rural village, the clinic is surrounded by forest, hills, and nature, meaning that the animals are able to recover in peace, escaping the overcrowded busy streets where many of them live.

1 Akanksha C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DAR has amassed much trust and legitimacy within a community which often views non profits with suspicion. It has become a household name in animal care. This has only been achieved through showing endless sympathy and professionalism, and through a well functioning internal structure which keeps DAR running and also makes it accessible, even to concerned youth and children of the area.
My volunteer experience at DAR was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The work environment and mutual respect as well as the dedication of each employee towards the cause of helping animals made for a truly enriching time.

1 Ayushi S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with DAR in September 2016 and ever since then I am in love with this place. Their values and style of working is inspirational. While interning with DAR, I was given the opportunity to learn a lot of ground work rescues, first aid, animal behavior which is helping me till date. I always wanted to work for animal and dedicate my life for their betterment and DAR was one such platform which took me closer to my aim. All the members and supporters of this organisation are driven by a singular goal of animal liberation and this has inspired me to work with the same spirit as theirs.

1 Glenys H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about Dharamsala Animal Rescue since 2013 when visiting India for the first time although I didn't get a chance to visit them while there. I became a facebook friend and have been in awe of the work they do with all the animals that they help. I have also really been impressed with how there seems to be a family atmosphere there with everyone who works or volunteers with them.

My involvement came earlier this year when I became aware that there was a group of dogs living in a bus shelter in Dharamsala that needed vaccinating, animal birth control and other treatments.

The problem at the time was that Tibet Charity who would normally manage that area were without a vet and unable to perform any surgeries.

I contacted Deb at Dharamsala Animal Rescue to see if they would be able to treat and perform animal birth control surgeries on these dogs if my friends and I could contribute to the cost.

Without hesitation, Deb agreed that this could be done.

I don't believe that it was an easy exercise as the team from DAR had to travel up to Dharamsala and then attempt to catch this particular group of dogs. They made return visits to catch the dogs as some were not used to human contact and were not easy to catch.

DAR kept me updated with photos and emails to show the progress.

I will always be grateful to DAR for going to such a great effort to help this group of dogs.

1 Shraddha V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Dharamsala Animal Rescue in 2015 for 3 months as a full time volunteer. I had one of the most enriching experiences of my life, giving back. The team at DAR is resilient, hard working, kind and most importantly loving; a wonderful reflection of the founder of the NGO, Deb Jarett. They contribute greatly to a need which societies there never regarded as an issue. DAR's team exudes great compassion as they stand for those without voices.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had the good fortune to travel to India and visit Dharamsala Animal Rescue (DAR) in November 2017. I saw with my own eyes what Deb & the wonderful people of DAR are doing for the many, many dogs in need. The staff are tireless in their efforts to care for the animals. There is an ongoing need of resources to help them keep up their wonderful work…spay/neuter, vaccinate, surgeries, medicine, and placement in forever homes. I can’t speak enough about their incredible efforts!!

1 Marilou D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did volonteer time at Dharamsala Animal Rescue last year and I was amazed how those people can do so much with nothing. The whole team is fully dedicated, working days and nights to make sure no animal in need is forgotten. The educational program with school children is also a big part of the mission of those animal rescuers, so the history doesnt repeat itself forever.
Since then, I continue to help them once in a while with international adoption and I'm always pleased to notice the exceptionnal professionalism of the team members.
DAR is an important part of Dharamsala community, helping animals and humans to live a safe and harmonious cohabitation. I salute their work!

1 Ria G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DAR is an excellent facility with staff as amazing as the resident babies there.
Not only are all the babies very well taken care of, they go for daily walk as well.
Keep it up team DAR. The attention given to each baby is not easy but you all do it so effortlessly..

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love working for this NGO! the tireless work the guys do on the ground is so powerful and the team are so passionate about what they do. And the impact it is having in the community to the quality of life of the street animals is amazing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Since DAR has opened life so much easier for dogs/cats/ cows and for the ones who live with an animal or be just an animal lover. Before DAR opened I saw so many dogs dying: Distemper, Pavo virus. The number drastically reduced through the compassionate effort of DAR. The DAR team is fabulous and highly motivated. A phone call to DAR and a team comes to treat the animal in the streets or taken in if the case is serious.
The ABC program and the educational program DAR provides is urgently needed in Dharamsala area.
Personally I want to thank DAR for always helping, treating and being on my side when one of my dogs has been sick. Thank you so much DAR.
The photo shows members of the DAR team treating my dog Stuart.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My little street dog, Lady Senge, was terribly sick and it became an emergency. Dharamsala animal rescue were amazing. They came out even though it was a Sunday evening to see if we could save her. pulled out all the stops and when it was obvious there was no way back for her, they were so considerate of us both, respectful, kind and loving. Nothing was too much trouble. They are absolutely the best and do so much good work for the street dogs in dharamsala.

1 Irma W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Skill, love and sincere dedication come together here to provide the absolute best care for the animals. A tremendous pleasure seeing this wonderful team in action.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering here for a few months now and I'm having an amazing time.

Working with the animals is a great pleasure and the staff are always so helpful.

A truly wonderful place and a safe haven for Indians strays.

1 Andrea Lloyd

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've been working with Dharamsala Animal Rescue for 4 months now and every day I get more inspired by the work that they do to manage the thousands of stray dogs in Dharamsala. They focus on the public health issue of ending human deaths from rabies which sets them apart from other animal organizations in India. Definitely looking forward to volunteering in October.